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Baby Noah laid to rest in Rockford cemetery

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A heart-breaking goodbye for a baby found with some trash in a Roscoe recycling center one week ago.  Baby Noah was laid to rest Friday morning. Community members came out to show Noah that despite where his body was discovered there are people who want to remember him.

"The least he deserved was a funeral and support of people who do care about him," says Ashley Kohany.

She is the mother of a 7-month-old baby girl. She says she was driven to come to the funeral.  Kohany attended along with about 50 other people from around Winnebago County.  That included Deputy Coroner Matthew Lane.  He named the infant.  Lane was the person who picked up Noah's body from the Roscoe recycling center when he was discovered a week ago.

"Anytime you have a baby or a child that has passed away, especially from unnatural causes or in this case being tossed away like a piece of garbage, its always difficult. It tugs at your heart, it makes your heart heavy," says Lane.

But like many people who attended the service they felt comforted by the strangers around them.

"The people need to be here to let each other know that we cared about this baby and though we can't go out and investigate we will there for them at the funeral and share each other's grief," says Chris Booth.

Baby Noah was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Rockford.  The same cemetery Baby Crystal was laid to rest.  She's the infant who was left to die on a Winnebago County road in 2004.  Her mother Katie Stockton is in jail awaiting her murder trial for Crystal's death.  Baby Noah and Crystal's graves are right next to each other.

"The fact that Baby Noah and Baby Crystal are together, I think that's absolutely wonderful," says Sue Fiduccia Winnebago County Coroner.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department says there are a lot of tips coming in but they still need information to solve Baby Noah's death. You can contact Crime Stoppers at (815) 963-STOP.

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